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Senior Community Mental Health Nurse

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
11 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and join a forward-thinking dynamic Older Persons Community Mental Health Team who provide person centred and tailored care to each individual patient.

The Older Persons Community Mental Health team, based at Havant Health Centre are looking for a Senior Community Mental Health Nurse/ Practitioner, who will work as a core member of the Community Mental Health team to co-ordinate the care of complex patients, working alongside other health and social care professionals. The post holder will also supervise Band 5 Community Mental Health Nurses and Band 3 Community Health Care Support Workers.

Working alongside the Team Manager and area Consultant Psychiatrist, you will formulate the care, risk management and crisis plans in accordance with the identified need of the patient. This will be holistic based, person centred and recovery focussed in collaboration with the Patient and where appropriate their relative and carer.

The team aspire to provide excellent patient care. We are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate a passion for the care of patients and their families. If you have an interest in caring for patients with functional or organic mental illnesses then this is the role for you!

You must be a Registered Mental Health Nurse or Social Worker, with post registration experience of working with Older Adults, Adults or working in the wider Community Mental Health services.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Community Mental Health Practitioner will work as a core member of the Community Mental Health team to co-ordinate the care of a complex caseload of service users supervising a Band 5 Community Practitioner/Band 3 Community HCSW where appropriate.

Working under the supervision of the Deputy Team Manager/Team Manager the practitioner will formulate care and risk management plans in accordance with identified need and ensure that these are recovery focussed and developed in collaboration with the service user and where appropriate their relative and carer.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To effectively co-ordinate the care of a complex caseload of service users with severe and enduring mental illness.

To undertake initial and detailed assessments where this is clinically appropriate.

To formulate care plans in line with identified need.

To provide recovery focussed therapeutic interventions in line with the agreed care plan and risk assessment.

To assess risk, develop risk management plans, review and adjust in line with the service user's needs.

To work in collaboration with service users as experts in their own care, promoting the principles of recovery, choice and personalisation, which value and empower the service user.

To use tools which promote user empowerment e.g. Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP)

To be proactive in ensuring service users receive the range of interventions they need in line with their care plan, whether or not the post holder provides those interventions. This will include physical health monitoring.

To have a proactive approach to the role and needs of carers / families.

To be proactive in monitoring mental health needs and respond in a timely fashion if needs change adjusting the care plan accordingly.

To participate fully in caseload supervision and management, to ensure that care plans are matched to need.

To work with relevant agencies, procedures and legislative requirements, in particular, The NHS and Community Care Act, Mental Health Act, Data Protection Act, Adult & Child Protection Procedures.

To work in accordance with all relevant policies and procedures including care planning, risk assessment and safeguarding

To deliver evidence based interventions in accordance with those agreed for use within the service

To actively monitor and review the effects of prescribed medication for the patient group noting its efficacy and the affect of potential side effects and acting promptly to escalate concerns or seek advice regarding potential medication changes.

To administer prescribed medication where required including depot medication in accordance with agreed Medicines Procedures

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse, Mental Health Practitioner or Occupational Therapist.
  • Recognised Mentorship qualification (applies to nurses) or preparedness to undertake this within agreed timeframe
  • 24 months post registration experience

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